Sara Harris, formerly known as Sara Barnard, is a native west Texan, conservationist, mother of six youngsters, certified elementary teacher and certifiable Gypsy. Sara and her children have made their home in places all over the world, from the beautiful Oklahoma plains to the eclectic mountains of Vicenza, Italy.
Sara began writing in the third grade and realized her passion for the pen (er, pencil) when she won first place in an essay contest. The subject was animals and Sara wrote about the life and untimely death of her beloved tomcat, J. Thomas O'Malley. Too embarrassed to listen to her essay being read aloud at the P.T.A. meeting, Sara hid in the hallway until the assembly was over. In the sixth grade, Sara had her tonsils out and received as a gift from her parents, a copy of Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove, which proved very influential to her in good times and bad.
The pull of adventures just waiting to be had coupled with her love and admiration for nature and the wilderness kept Sara on the move during her teenage summers with The Student Conservation Association. From Alaska to the wilds of New Mexico, Sara has piloted small aircraft, counted bats, tracked mountain lions, relocated rattlesnakes, hiked with black bears, and fallen in love over and over again with the roads less traveled.
After earning her degree in History, Sara experienced the scariest adventure of all: children.
Three little ones later, Sara decided to put finger to keyboard and wrote her first novel, A Heart on Hold, which then turned into a four-book series.
The many revisions and edits that took place next weren't entirely completed until well after her fourth baby was born. Despite a couple of rounds with cancer, her publication list has grown to include Civil War Romance, Amish Romance, Amish Adventure, anthology pieces, Christian Western, YA Time Travel, Light Horror, Native American Middle Grade fiction, Children's Nonfiction, picture books, and even more to come!
Now, Sara and her beautiful family (and their pack of rescue animals) make their home in Katy, Texas.
She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, Hearts Through History, West Houston Romance Writers of America and The Western Fictioneers. Plus, she teaches a little in her spare time.
Catch up with Sara on Facebook at Facebook.com/sarabarnardbooks, on Twitter @SaraHarrisBooks, or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
She especially enjoys the classroom setting and would love to come speak to your class about writing, publishing, history, and catching rattlesnakes.
In February 2018, Sara married a man who puts romance novel heroes to shame. Together, they packed up, picked up, and left the winds of west Texas behind and set up housekeeping in the Houston suburb of Katy, Texas -- complete with kids, dogs, and cats, of course.
Nowadays, when she isn't teaching high school special ed or being a mommy to their army of munchkins, Sara is excitedly helping her husband, a master plumber, start his business in their new hometown.
She squeezes in a little time for writing, too, and has a new four book Amish series titled Rebekah's Keepsakes coming soon from Vinspire Publishing.
Thus, the great change of Sara Barnard books into Sara Harris books was born.
Some of Sara's books are published with her very first publisher, 5 Prince Publishing.
Sara's short stories and western works are published with Prairie Rose Publications and their various imprints (which include historical romance, YA, historical fiction, time travel YA, and magical realism, just to name a few).
Sara's forthcoming Amish series, the four-book Rebekah's Keepsakes series, will be published by Vinspire Publishing.
Yes! Sara loves her literary agent, Julie Gwinn with The Seymour Agency.
Yes! Sara's son, Logan, wrote an award-winning children's book titled Moggin Says Red.
Sara's daughter penned the sequal to Moggin Says Red, titled Mindy Says Multiplication, which will be published in 2018. Dawson, Sara's middle son, wrote a children's book that is yet to be titled, but highly anticipated!